1. Each Life Is Remarkable and Unique

    Košice June 21st, 2014

    The Award Ceremony in Kasarne Kulturpark, held on Saturday 21 June, marked the end of the jubilee 20th edition of the International Festival of Local Televisions Golden Beggar. The Jury, counting seven members and presided over by Ed Baumeister (US), selected winners from 240 competition entries reflecting lives of ordinary yet unique people and their individual problems which are, though, characteristic for the entire world; or contributing to the advancement of audiovisual trends. This year’s motto was inspired by the novella “Ordinary Life” by Karel Čapek, in which he shows that each life is remarkable and unique. Golden Beggar for the best local television programme was awarded to the Polish/Belsat coproduction documentary “Sower” for the poetic portrayal of the old-world life cycle in the Polish-Belarusian countryside using the ripening of harvest as a metaphor. Golden Beggar statue for the best production company programme went to Spain and the film entitled “La Parada” for the succinctly plausible way in which it grasps the infirmity of the unemployed looking at the employed public. In the Young Author category, the Golden Beggar award went to the Belgian movie “Electric Indigo” for the originality and submersion, with which its authors approached the theme of a daughter of a gay couple who was born of a surrogate mother. Two Slovak programmes were also awarded in the competition. Slovak Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission prize was awarded to the film by a young director Matej Ligač from the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica entitled “Sledge Hockey” for the portrayal of the story of Martin Joppa, a national team member representing Slovakia in this paralympic sport. One of the six Honourable Mentions of the Jury went to the story of a young couple and their handling of the fact that they will soon have a baby “I and Lucia” by Peter Komár, also from the Academy of Arts. One of the Jury members, director Andrey Kutsyla from Belarus, noticed that a majority of programmes entering the competition were those of young authors. As Kutsyla has noted “We were all in agreement regarding the winning film Electric Indigo, all of the Jury members chose it, which is not at all common. It really is a grippingly made film.”

    Twenty years is a remarkable period of time. The long-standing chairman of the Jury, Ed Baumeister, knows it more than well. How would he sum all those years up? “At the beginning, programmes were very animated when it comes to their contents, yet, from today’s perspective, technically they were not advanced. However, in the course of all these years, since filmmakers steal each other’s ideas – sharing of ideas has always been a noble media tradition – all the programmes have become more sophisticated, more effective and even more fun in their ambition to appeal their target audience. The fact that filming and editing equipment has become cheaper and, thus, more accessible, has increased the quality, which can be seen in the fact we now have more refined productions made by talented young authors. Eva Dekanovská has managed to keep the Festival alive even despite the lack of funding. She has created a community; she gave life to a family of authors. And once, when the history of media development in Europe is written, this Festival will hold a place of honour in this history”.

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    Awarded films - Golden Beggar

    20th International Festival of Local Television

    Jury Awards

    Golden Beggar for the best local television program

    Sower (Poland /Belsat), directed by: Jerzy Kalina

    chosen for the way it skilfully uses the rhythm of sowing and harvesting as a metaphor for life.

    Golden Beggar for the best production company film

    La Parada (Spain), directed by: Lino Varela Cerviño

    chosen for the quietly intense way in which it told a national drama through one person.

    Golden Beggar for the best young author’s film

    Electric Indigo (Belgium), directed by: Jean–Julien Collette

    chosen for the originality of its story and the smartness of its execution.

    Prize of the Journalists Association of Serbia “Zora”

    Goran (Serbia), directed by: Roberto Santaguida

    chosen for the technique it developed to permit a man with disabilities to tell his own story.

    Prize of the Slovak Council for Broadcasting and Transmission for the Best Slovak Film

    Sledge Hockey (Slovakia), directed by: Matej Ligač

    chosen for the sympathetic yet direct way in which It tells the story of a young man who transforms a handicap.

    Prize of the TV Festival Vitez

    Battiti (Italy), directed by: Simeone Latini

    chosen for the elegant simplicity with which it tells the story of an unexpected pregnancy.

    Prize of the Fogelsong Family Foundation of the USA

    Destino (France), directed by: Zangro, Sylvain de Zagroniz

    chosen for the wonderfully animated way in which it tells a love story.

    Honorable mentions of the jury

    Historias de Balcones (Cuba/Denmark) Directed by: Helle Windeløv-Lindzélius

    Not Alone (Belarus) Directed by: Volha Dashuk

    I and Lucia (Slovakia) Directed by: Peter Komár

    Echoes (Spain) Directed by: Sergio Martinez Alberto

    The Fugue (France) Directed by: Xavier Bonnin

    Faces (Italy) Directed by: Antonio de Palo

    A l´Est de l´Eden - festival International des Télévisions Locales (France) Directed by: Vincent Aguano

  3. 20. International Festival of Local Televisions - auspices

    The festival is held under the auspices of the Vice-president of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, the President of the Košice Self-governing region Zdenko Trebuľa and the Mayor of Košice Richard Raši.

  4. About International Festival of Local Televisions

    The International Festival of Local Televisions is the only international festival of its kind in Europe one of the most important European media events held in Slovakia

    The Festival supports partnership and cooperation between creators of audiovisual works and TV programmes, enriches the modern audiovisual means of expression and, at the same time, it is an important means of presenting Slovak film, TV and audiovisual production and culture through local televisions both in Europe and beyond its borders. With its contents, the Festival offers a great opportunity for wider audience to get to know the documentary film production of Slovak as well as foreign authors.

    Audiovisual producers and local televisions from Europe and beyond will through this festival for the eighteenth time become an important tool for presentation of film, television and audiovisual production and culture, that enables to the widest audience to become familiar with their production and learn about life, current issues, both the near and distant challenges and values.

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    Call for Entries and Participation

    For download:

    Call for entries and participation 2014

    Program Entry Form 2014

    Rules and Regulations 2014

    We are pleased to inform you that the 20th International Festival of Local Televisions will be held from June 18th to 21th 2014 in Košice, Slovakia. The festival is organized by the City TV Foundation.


    We encourage you to enter your programmes into the competition for the Golden Beggar Award in three competition sections (Local Televisions, Production Companies, Young Authors).

    We expect entries that reflect the life and fates of people living in your place. We also welcome works that discover serious problems of the present society like corruption, blackmailing, minority and cross-border problems and children fates.

    CHANGE IN DEADLINE! The deadline for entries to reach us in Košice is 30th April, 2014. A typed entry form must be filled in for each individual production submitted. Each entry must be listed on a separate entry form. The entry form can be downloaded from the official festival website www.festival.sk (www.festival.sk/2014/en/ifolt/pages/registration).

    It can be sent electronically to the e-mail address Turn on javascript to see the email. , faxed to +421 55 79 79 112 or simply sent by regular mail to: City TV Foundation, Hutnícka 1, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia

    A short synopsis ( max. 150 words) should be attached to the cassette/DVD. Do not forget! Even if your program is dubbed or subtitled please include also an original and English transcripts! There is no entry fee for the programs.

    To select the category of your program please use the following category descriptions:

    1. Documentary
    2. Investigative journalism reports
    3. Animation
    4. Fiction ( up to 30 min)
    5. Media Literacy Projects
    6. Participatory Media Projects

    In terms of length, programs registered for competition should generally not exceed 60 minutes and shoud be produced after June 30, 2012. All programmes will be submitted for the competition. The programs are available for the jury via internet. The final decision of the jury will be made on the first festival day.

    Screening formats of the selected programmes are: DVD, BETA SP PAL, DV CAM or mini DV, all in good technical quality

    Programs and all required materials (for details see Rules and Regulations on the website) should be sent by mail or courier to the following address:

    City TV Foundation, Hutnícka 1, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia

    IMPORTANT! Please note on the parcel: „No commercial value – For cultural purposes only!“


    CHANGE IN DEADLINE! You are also welcome to take part in the festival as a delegate. The deadline for registration as a delegate is May 26th 2014.

    You can register your film/program and yourself as a delegate electronically at www.festival.sk (www.festival.sk/2014/en/ifolt/pages/registration). Before registration please read the Rules and Regulations on the festival webside.

    In case of any questions feel free to contact the festival organizers:

    City TV Foundation

    International festival of Local Televisions
    Hutnícka 1   040 01 Košice

    Phone: 00421 905 966 649
    Fax: 00421 55 79 79 112,
    e-mail: Turn on javascript to see the email.

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